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With news from Lake County Section 2 (Chicago (Tribune Friday, June 5, 1 992 Mey offers metal detectors to schools About tha town By Mary Schmich hood where gang executions and random killings have become a symbol of rampant street violence. The mayor said the city will make two metal detectors available to each of the city's 74 high schools if the schools request them through the local school councils and principals. There are now only a handful of metal detectors used in periodic weapons sweeps at schools. About 30 such sweeps were See Schools, page 6. By John Kass Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday began offering metal detectors to the city's embattled high schools in hopes that modern technology can help keep guns, knives, ice picks and murder out of the classroom.

The image of the metal detectors and a litany of ugly statistics about beatings, shootings and stabbings on school property stunned Daley, who blamed the brutality on the growing drug trade in U.S. cities and the breakdown of the family. The mayor sidestepped questions about what the need for metal detectors says about the state of public education in Chicago and instead talked about the need to face reality. City officials and police released statistics showing that about 10,000 arrests for serious crimes were made in and around school property this school year, breaking down to more than one arrest for every two classrooms. The arrest figures include the confiscation of 192 guns; 587 other weapons, including knives, hammers, ice picks and brass knuckles; and 950 beepers, used primarily for narcotics trafficking.

There were 50,276 citations for truancy. There are about 410,000 students in the public school system. According to Lt. Thomas Byrne, commanding officer of the school patrol unit, there were 177 arrests for aggravated battery, which include shootings and stabbings 172 arrests for robbery; 141 for aggravated assault, which includes severe beatings with weapons; 2,158 arrests for battery; 1,167 arrests for criminal trespass to school property, mostly by gang members trying to sell drugs; and 415 arrests for theft. Daley made the announcement at the recently polished Englewood High School in the ravaged South Side neighbor- "Cf IX" mi p1 $1 million Kenilworth bond set 1 Starbucks pours a lifestyle, to go Once upon a time, the wily twins Star and Buck huddled in a cabin in the Northwest woods and plotted how to get rich and rule the world.

"Coffee," hissed Star. "Coffee?" said Buck. "Cafe, caffe, kohe, kava, java," Star rasped. "We will sell coffee. Every possible permutation of the evil black brew.

Coffee with fancy Eyetalian names. Coffee from banana republics with names that even geniuses can't spell. Coffee that will make the drinker feel he's Signore Ernesto Hemingway on an African safari!" "Oh, dude!" Buck cried. "Visions of yuppies are dancing in my head! Yes! We will sell our coffee to yuppies! We will charge twice what they ever dreamed of paying! And they will flock to our coffee palaces as if they were Mecca, Lourdes, the Emerald City, Disney World all rolled into one!" He chortled. "And here's the best part.

We won't even give them tables to drink their coffee on." Their laughter rang through the forest, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. And so, according to apocryphal folklore, began the cult of Starbucks. Starbucks, for those who have not been inducted, is a chain of espresso bars. There are 29 in the Chicago area and more on the way. Flip back to 198S.

Chicago was a normal town back then. Let Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City have their prissy cafe culture. Dis was da Heartland. Coffee meant a percolator and a can of MJB. Regular or decaf, black or with cream.

What more was there to say? Ha. There was latte to say. There was macchiato. There was tall cappuccino and espresso con panna. There was cafe Sulawesi, Arahian Mnrha Sanani F.thinnia Siriamn.

-U! irf. Nm Mi vv xl Rar.k in threw Havs the ritv had twr mffep Tribun photo by Ed Wagner Jr. By John Gorman and John Lucadamo Late last month after the winter snow had melted, a team of Kenilworth detectives went hunting in the mountains of Colorado just west of Aspen. But it wasn't deer or elk they were hunting. And their weapon was a metal detector, not a rifle.

Although it was not their first trip to the mountains, it was to be their final and most fruitful, investigators said. When those officers found seven cartridge casings from an antique Colt automatic pistol, they had discovered the final piece of evidence they needed to bring murder charges against J. Nat Davis a retired North Shore millionaire, authorities say. On Wednesday, Davis, 65, of Naples, was charged with murder and home invasion in the slaying of his ex-wife, Diane B. Davis, in her Mediterranean-style home in exclusive Kenilworth.

On Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Margaret Fros-sard set a $1 million bond on Davis. In a terse but riveting recitation of the evidence the state will use at the trial of Davis, Assistant State's Atty. Robert Egan recalled how the Kenilworth police had been led to the mountainous area by two Colorado residents who had been on a camping trip with Davis in the fall of 1987. As he unveiled the evidence at the bond hearing, Egan related how Davis himself may have inadvertently led police to the mountains and the critical evidence. After the murder last July 25, Davis acknowledged to investigators that he had owned an antique Colt automatic pistol, Egan said, but claimed See Davis, pg.

6 Ambulance crashes Emergency workers survey the damage Thursday at Madison and Wood Streets, where an ambulance, transporting a 3-year-old boy injured in a fall from the second-floor window of his apartment building, collided with a car and overturned. The boy, John Hernandez Jr. of 1223 W. Erie was listed in serious condition at Cook County Hospital. DoltOii is the foil for 0ly mpic fencing and baseball." Still, more than a few Dolton residents, who haye been known to unflatteringly refer to their community as "Dulltown," say they'll drop by to check out the thrusting and parrying.

"It's been really boring around here lately," conceded Radyne Coursey, 39, a seven-year resident, who added that she intends to bring her three children to the exhibition center that used to be a hardware store. "This is the closest we'll ever get to the Olympics," she said. "If people with kids can't take them to Disney World, at least they can say they went to the Olympic Trials." To be sure, Dolton wasn't the fencing association's first choice. That honor belonged to Hagerstown, but funding See Dolton, pg. 6 By David Eisner and Donna Kiesling Can't make Barcelona for the Summer Olympics? Try south suburban Dolton.

Starting Saturday, the blue-collar community will play host to the white-gloved U.S. Fencing Association's national championships, an event that will determine the makeup of the U.S. Olympic team. Most people around town concede that Dolton and the rather elite sport of fencing don't exactly go hand in epee. Indeed, many seem blissfully ignorant that the spotlight of the nation's fencing world will be focused on them for a 10-day period.

"I'm a little familiar with it I watch Errol Flynn movies but it's not at the top of my list," said Mark Gibson, 29, who works at a local bowling alley. "I like football, basketball Most older drivers happy state keeps an eye on them houses, latter-day hippie hangouts. Then The Third Coast cafe opened on North Dearborn Street, purveying fancy brews and cafe chic to the Gold Coast crowd. So great was the response that a second Third Coast soon followed. The coffee craze began to build, with the Coffee Chicago chain and smaller relations sprouting all over town.

Then, in 1989, came Starbucks. From their1 perch in Seattle, cappuccino capital of the country, the corporate honchos sighted fertile ground out in the Windy City. (Seattle is where Starbucks actually was founded, by three refugees from Berkeley, Calif.) Before long, Starbucks' green awnings had popped up everywhere in the Loop and on the North Side, in Wheaton and Wilmette, Oak Park and Park Ridge. Their tiny, gleaming stores, outfitted with narrow bars, peddle not only very good coffee, but lifestyle, identity, connection, image. Cult members now wander the streets wearing Starbucks T-shirts, clutching Starbucks to-go mugs, speaking to each other in Starbucks code: "Want to go for a grande skim dry decaf latte?" They speak of their "addictions." "Starbucks is a tremendous psychological force," said Gary Hillman, a founder of The Third Coast.

Starbucks, he added, has had a "stimulating" effect on Chicago's coffee culture. In other words, coffee has become cutthroat. When a Starbucks moved across from the 7-Eleven on the comer of Sheffield and Armitage Avenues, 7-Eleven counterattacked. In February, that branch started brewing coffee with filtered water. That's right Filtered water at the 7-Eleven.

The store advertised it on a big sign in the window. Store officials say it kept some 7-Eleven customers from defecting. But it did not slow the throngs across the street, who continued to plop down for 12 ounces of java, 30 cents more than it costs at 7-Eleven. Espresso drinks run around $2 and more. Some customers come three times a day.

"It astounds me," said David Lille, a counter clerk at the Armitage Starbucks. "We've got customers with habits." Upon hearing this, a Starbucks addict of my acquaintance whipped a calculator from her desk drawer. She punched in the numbers on her own daily fix. She looked up, ashen. "A thousand dollars a year," she whispered, her voice hoarse with horror.

"Even if it's 3, 4, 5 bucks a day, that's not a particularly expensive addiction," said Stuart Fields, the company's regional director. That's a comfort. Coffee that's cheaper than cocaine. Starbucks is about to take its stock public and has grand plans for expansion. So many more converts to be made, so many wretches still sipping bitter brew from Styrofoam, waiting to be educated in the true coffee way.

Somewhere in the Northwest woods, Star and Buck count their coins and cackle. By Rob Karwath It's just past noon at the driver's license office in Niles, and a dozen heads are buried in "Rules of the Road," the state's driving skills manual. These aren't nervous teenagers hoping to get their first licenses. Most of the heads are gray and belong to motorists 75 and older, who must take road tests to renew their licenses under a 1989 law designed to ferret out bad elderly drivers. "Rose Abrams?" shouts Paul Keys, an office road tester wearing a blue smock and carrying a clipboard.

He greets Abrams, 77, of Skokie, and walks outside to her Oldsmobile Omega. After a check of the car's equipment, they pull out of the Golf Glen shopping center and onto Golf Road. Keys asks Abrams to parallel park and to back around a corner. He chides her for stopping beyond a white stop line at an intersection and for disobeying a 20 m.p.h. speed-limit sign.

But after 15 minutes, they are back at the office, and Keys is satisfied that Abrams is safe to drive for four more years. Abrams is relieved. She doesn't like to think about losing her license. "I'd have to depend on my children to drive me," she says. "I wouldn't like to do that." Statistics show that, as drivers age, they are less likely to be involved in accidents.

In 1991 in Illinois, the percentage of licensed drivers involved in accidents declined with each older age group until age 75. Drivers 75 and older were only slightly more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers 65 to 74. They also were safer than drivers between the ages of 55 to 64. Officials with the AAA Chicago Motor Club, which supported the more frequent testing for older drivers, have said that older drivers tend to be more cautious, knowing their limitations and avoiding situations that make them uncomfortable. Of the 7.4 million licensed drivers in Illinois, about 145,000 are over 80, state officials said.

But despite what the numbers say, the image of the older driver does not sit well with young- Tribun photo by VD Mainngi. cense testing office In Niles. A 1989 law requires frequent retesting of drivers over 75. Frieda Wagner, 81, of Niles has her vision tested by Bob Crimmins at the driver's li- er motorists. Usually, it's a slow-moving driver in the left lane who makes younger drivers curse and whip past But occasionally, a more frightening image of the older driver emerges.

In April, a car driven by an 87-year-old Elgin man jumped a curb at O'Hare International Airport and plowed into school children boarding buses after a field trip. One of the children, 9-year-old Rebecca Westlake, of Sycamore, 111., died from her See Drivers, pg. 6 Waukegan As many as 30 young men Tempo Lake Bait shop owners offer Great worms. are ready to testify about sexual encounters Libertyvillo The Cook Memorial Library Board might decide to hold a referendum on building bonds. See Page 3 Suburbs Disabled people may have to suffer because of a dispute between Pace and the Regional Transportation Authority.

See Page 2 with Rev. Lloyd R. Davis, a leader of the Christian Fellowship Church. See Page 3 1 minnows and words of wisdom on the Chain 0' Lakes. Coming Sunday.

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